Mexicans celebrate Holy Week by burning effigies
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Effigies of devils and hated public figures were paraded
through the city's main plaza Saturday, in preparation for the centuries-old Holy
Week tradition of burning "Judas," as the cardboard figures are known.
The effigies originally represented Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus.
fireworks-stuffed figures gradually evolved to a form of folk protest, and this
year they included effigies of Uncle Sam, a former president and a music
producer involved in a sex scandal.
About eight of the figures, measuring up to 18 feet in height, were deposited
the main square, where they will be torched later Saturday.
One figure bore the prominent ears of former president Carlos Salinas de
widely blamed for the 1994 peso crisis and ensuing recession; another
represented Sergio Andrade, the manager of pop star Gloria Trevi.
Trevi and Andrade were arrested Jan. 13 in Brazil after Mexican prosecutors
accused them of corrupting young girls. The suspects have denied any
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